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Holly Folk

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632797

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632797.001.0001

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From Vital Magnetism to Vertebral Vitalism

From Vital Magnetism to Vertebral Vitalism

(p.85) Chapter Three From Vital Magnetism to Vertebral Vitalism
Religion of Chiropractic

Holly Folk

University of North Carolina Press

The third chapter presents the steps by which early chiropractic became an organized system of health care: the elaboration of chiropractic theories, the establishment of training institutes like the Palmer School of Chiropractic (P.S.C.) in Davenport, Iowa, and the making of a collective consciousness for the profession. Though their relationship was fraught with hostility, D. D. Palmer had considerable help from his son, B. J. Palmer, in developing chiropractic, which they had to distinguish from systems like osteopathy, with which it often was confused. Spinal therapeutics were a major part of 19th century health culture, but not originally central to chiropractic treatment or the First Chiropractic Theory. After the Santa Barbara Incident, the Palmers adopted the neurocentric logic of Progressive Era popular physiology, where maintaining the health of the nervous system through care of the spine was prioritized in the Second Chiropractic Theory.

Keywords:   chiropractic theory, Daniel David Palmer, health culture, Joshua Bartlett Palmer, neurocentrism, osteopathy, Palmer School of Chiropractic, popular physiology, Santa Barbara Incident, spinal therapeutics

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